Not only is a first Japan Golf Tour title at stake for both players over the next 36 holes but for the leading four players inside the top 12 at week’s end and not otherwise qualified for the Open Championship at Royal Portrush they will be on their way to Northern Ireland in six weeks’ time.
There is, therefore, a lot to play for in addition to the title and breakthrough victory and for both Perry and Lee they are nicely placed to take advantage.
Lee has played this event well in the past, in fact in his first appearance at this particular venue last year he finished 13th and in his first few appearances on the Japan Tour in 2019 he has played well.
Lee birdied three of his last five holes of round two to move into 4th place with Japan Tour rookie, Perry, a former runner-up at the British Amateur Championship.
Perry is in his rookie season in Japan in 2019 and on the demanding and layout measuring over 8000 yards he has continued to display the qualities that saw him as one of Australia’s leading amateurs before turning professional last November.
Perry’s fellow Queensland based Anthony Quayle who finished 7th at last week’s Japan Tour event is in 15th place at 1 under and three shots behind Perry and Lee.
Of the other Australians to make the cut, Brad Kennedy is tied for 23rd at even par and one behind Quayle.
Two-time champion Brendan Jones double bogeyed his final hole to agonisingly miss the cut by one.
The leader, Imahira is one of the best players in Japan in recent times having led the money list in 2018 and the 26-year-old has already recorded a runner-up finish in Japan this season.
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